Jun 24

Cyclops: A New Play by Peter Reid Based on James Joyce's Ulysses

  • The New Theatre

Based on episode twelve of Ulysses, this new pay by Peter Reid is set in Barney Kiernan’s pub, where an opinionated, one-eyed nationalist known as the Citizen gets confrontational with the unfortunate Leopold Bloom. Molly’s liaison with Blazes Boylan sits heavy on his mind. The pub’s patrons dislike Bloom and all are aware of Molly’s infidelity. Bloom and the Citizen row about race and nationality while the others snigger about Bloom’s inability to satisfy his wife’s needs.

A play full of drunkenness, song, history, infidelity and the everlasting question of who belongs where. Using the chapter as a framework to hang the story Bloom’s troublesome day, it’s a tragi-comic slice of Dublin life that holds more than enough resonances for the Ireland of today.

This show runs from 5 - 24 June. Performance begins at 7:30pm.

Cost: €16/€12.50

Jun 18

Strolling Through Ulysses!


Written and performed by Robert Gogan, Strolling Through Ulysses! tells the fun-filled story of Joyce’s modernist masterpiece, guiding you through the curious events and quirky characters of the novel in a humorous, entertaining and informative manner. Drawing on extracts from the novel which best illustrate the various aspects of Joyce’s writing - the comical, the descriptive and the complex – this show helps make this notoriously dense book accessible without compromising its integrity.

Bawdy, irreverent and great fun!


11 June: The Stag’s Head Pub Theatre, Dame Court, Dublin 2 – 1.30pm & 5.30pm

14 June: Café du Journal, Monkstown Crescent, Monkstown – 8pm

15 June: Axis Theatre, Ballymun – 8pm

16 June: Buglers Pub Theatre, Rathfarnham – 8pm

18 June: The Stag’s Head Pub Theatre, Dame Court, Dublin 2 – 1.30pm & 5.30pm

Cost: €15

Jun 18

The Dublin Ulysses Tour

  • The Palace Bar

David Halpin has been explaining the history and the legacy of James Joyce’s famous novel every week since Bloomsday 2016. This acclaimed walking tour begins in one of Dublin’s most-treasured literary pubs - The Palace Bar - and was created as a forum to unravel a puzzle and an enigma: why is Ulysses considered one of the greatest novels in world literature? And why is it considered so difficult to read?

Starting with a sit-down introduction, the tour develops into a relaxed stroll through south Dublin exploring Joyce’s book and its relationship to the city. Features include Davy Byrne's, Finn’s Hotel, Sweny’s pharmacy, a fantastic hidden sculpture of James Joyce, and a performance of ‘Love’s Old Sweet Song’. If you’ve read the novel you will relish the experience of having it sharpened into focus by a big fan, and if you haven’t, this 3-hour interactive experience is the perfect introduction.

Tour takes place every day from 11 - 18 June, beginning at 2pm, at the Palace Bar, Fleet Street.

Cost: €15

3:30 pm15:30

Irish Jewish Museum Annual Bloomsday Lecture with Marilyn Reizbaum

  • Irish Jewish Museum

Marilyn Reizbaum, author of James Joyce's Judaic Other, will draw on her correspondence with the late Gerald Goldberg to offer some new perspectives on Joyce in this year’s annual Bloomsday Lecture at the Irish Jewish Museum.

Reizbaum is the Harrison King McCann Professor of English at Bowdoin College, Maine, U.S.A. She works in the areas of modernist studies, contemporary Scottish and Irish literatures and film, Jewish cultural studies and the history of ideas. She has written widely on the work of James Joyce and other modernist writers such as Djuna Barnes and Virginia Woolf. She is the author of James Joyce’s Judaic Other, co-editor of Ulysses - En-Gendered Perspectives: Eighteen New Essays on the Episodes and a contributor to Collaborative Dubliners: Joyce in Dialogue. Her most recent project is Unfit: the Jewish Science of Modernism and she is also working on a monograph on Muriel Spark’s literary style, The Art of Ridicule.

Cost: €7/€5

Admission includes museum visit. Doors open from 2.00 p.m.

7:00 pm19:00

Noramollyannalivialucia: The Muse & Mister Joyce - A Play For Voices

  • National Library of Ireland

In this play for voices devised and directed by Eamon Grennan, Joyce’s wife Nora is living in Zurich at the Pensione Neptune. The date is around 1950 and Nora is being visited by a group of people - the audience - who are members of a literary tour of sorts. They are eager to hear something of Nora’s life with Joyce: its difficulties and its rewards, the sadness of their daughter’s illness, their relationship, her importance as muse (among other muses) to her husband in his work. She is pleased to satisfy their curiosity.

Eamon Grennan has used various biographies and the like in composing this little portrait of the artist’s wife as an older woman. Interspersed with her memories are snatches from the works of her husband, some spoken by her, others conveyed by means of audio voice-overs, among them recordings of the voice of Joyce himself.

Cost: €5

7:00 pm19:00

A Joycean ‘Serenata’ Presented by Il Coro Italiano di Dublino

  • St. Ann's Church

Join us for a Joycean musical odyssey in St. Anne’s Church, Dawson St, where we’ll treat you to a rendition of some of Joyce’s favourite songs and arias. The programme will include ‘The Minstrel Boy’, ‘Down by the Salley Gardens’, ‘Love’s Old Sweet Song’, ‘Silent, O Moyle’ and many more featured in Joyce’s writings, as well as some well-loved Italian choruses performed by Il Coro Italiano di Dublino.

We’ll be joined on the night by Soprano Niamh McCormack, who features on 2008’s My Gentle Harp, a recording of the complete set of Thomas Moore’s Melodies. We’ll also feature a promising tenor, James McCreanor, who is currently studying under Dr. Veronica Dunne at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

If you feel the pangs of hunger after our concert, step into the Church hall for a little Burgundy and gorgonzola, a few olives and a sociable chat before we bid you ‘adieu, adieu, adieu’!

Cost: €20

For tickets contact Joan 087 2059059 Jo 086 1672636 Eliz 087 2121815 or pay at the door

Jun 16

Bloomsday at Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre

  • Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre

Begin your Joycean celebrations on the eve of Bloomsday in Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre on June 15 at 8pm. A team of actors will perform enlightening extracts from Ulysses, Dubliners, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and more. Tenor Simon Morgan and Soprano Donna Malone will be accompanied by Josh Johnston in songs that James Joyce sang or which feature in his work. Refreshments will be served. Admission is €15.

Dalkey Schoolroom Scene: On June 16 at 3:30pm, the Nestor Episode from Ulysses will be brought to life before your eyes in a memorable dramatisation featuring school headmaster Mr Deasy and Joyce’s young protagonist Stephen Dedalus. Afterwards, there will be a guided Joycean Walk led by an expert guide, who will explain some of Joyce’s surprising links to the town of Dalkey. Pre-booking essential. Admission €12.

8:00 am08:00

Bloomsday Breakfast at GPO Witness History

  • GPO Witness History

Join us for a delectable Bloomsday celebration inside O’Connell Street’s General Post Office, one of Dublin’s most iconic and historically significant landmarks best known for its pivotal role in the 1916 Rising. We’ll start with a full Irish breakfast including a few Joycean flourishes: sauteed liver & kidneys and some gorgonzola & mustard fingers! Afterwards, you can bask in the sun in the courtyard and appreciate the view in this quiet city centre oasis. You’ll then have access to the award winning GPO Witness History Visitor Centre, where you can learn all about the political and social unrest of Joyce's time that would eventually lead to the tumultuous events of Easter 1916.

Cost: €32

Jun 17

Bloomsday in the Villages


DCC Community Development Team proudly present this series of Bloomsday events organised in conjunction with local communities.

Friday 16 June


Events are organised in association with the local business community and theEvergreen Centre.

9-11am – Bloomsday Breakfast & Sceptre’s Bloomsday at Mayfield Eatery, 7-11 Terenure Road North, Dublin 6.  Enjoy a hearty breakfast in the restaurant or outdoors, in the wonderful garden terrace.  At 9.30am, Michael Judd will recount the story of the 1904 Ascot Gold Cup and the mighty ‘Sceptre’, the greatest filly of all time!

2-4.30pm – Bloomsday Tea Dance at the Evergreen Centre (next to the car park), Terenure Road North, Dublin 6.  Don your Edwardian garb and dance along to the music of Past Times at this event for older persons.

4.30pm – Seven Scenes from Bloomsday starting at the Evergreen Centre, Terenure Road North, Dublin 6.  Encounter Leopold Bloom as you follow a trail of pivotal scenes from Ulysses along the streets of Terenure.


Event organised in partnership with Rathgar Traders.

2pm – Seven Scenes from Bloomsday starting at the Rathgar Bookshop, 100 Rathgar Road, Dublin 6.  Enjoy some outdoor theatrics as scenes from Ulysses get performed at various locations in Rathgar Village.


Events organised in partnership with Ranelagh Arts Centre. 

6pm – Sceptre’s Bloomsday at Ranelagh Arts Centre, 26 Ranelagh, Dublin 6.  Hear about the build up and the outcome of the 1904 Ascot Gold Cup in an intimate setting with actor, Michael Judd.

Harold’s Cross

Events organised in partnership with Harold’s Cross Village Community Council. 

6pm – Seven Scenes from Bloomsday starting at Noshington Café, Harold’s Cross Park, Dublin 6W.  Take a 40 minute stroll through Harold’s Cross and watch Ulysses come alive in the company of Leopold Bloom and other characters from the book!

7pm – Sceptre’s Bloomsday at Peggy Kellys Pub, 161 Harold’s Cross Road, Dublin 6W.  Wind down your Bloomsday in Harold’s Cross as Michael Judd reads an excerpt from “Sceptre’s Bloomsday” by Stephen Kane, an adaptation from Ulysses which tells the story of Ascot Gold Cup which took place on the 16th June, 1904.



Events organised in conjunction with the Iris Charles Centre and Sandymount Tidy Towns.

9.30-10.30am Bloomsday Breakfast at Iris Charles Centre, Newbridge Avenue, Sandymount, Dublin 4.

Enjoy a genuine Joycean Full Irish Breakfast - kidneys and all- and be entertained with music, readings and recitals from "Ulysses",   with Rodney Devitt, Claire McElvaney, Glynis Casson, Eleanor Devitt, and other Joyceans.

11am – ‘Joyce Unplugged’ at Sandymount Green, Sandymount Village, Dublin 4.  This traditional celebration on the renowned Sandymount Green will have excerpts from Joyce’s works,  a new book by Anthony J. Jordan called ‘Joyce Unplugged’,  Sceptre’s Bloomsday, period dress and traditional celebrations of Leopold and his adventures.

Saturday 17 June


Event organised in partnership with Ranelagh Arts Centre

1.30pm – Seven Scenes from Bloomsday starting at Ranelagh Arts Centre, 26 Ranelagh, Dublin 6.  Travel through Ranelagh Village and relive some of the events from Ulysses with Les Doherty (as Leopold Bloom) and other actors.

Jul 16

Otium cum Dignitate ~ Leisure with Dignity - Anne Maree Barry

  • The LAB

Anne Maree Barry’s most recent film work Otium cum Dignitate ~ Leisure with Dignity combines her own psychogeographic walking tours of the 'Monto' area to create a film and exhibition that reflects historical events, whilst at the same time presenting a complex portrait of female empowerment. Four characters: Madam May Oblong, Kitty D, Countess Aldborough and The Custom House establish a dialogue between locality, history, architecture and the independence of women in a specific time.

"An archway with a faded green gate, residue of previous colours. Brick upon brick. Stone upon stone. 10 vertical white bricks four horizontal - an embedded white cross. Nighttown juxtaposed with a Magdelene. Circe. Circe who could turn men into animals. In her presence, the woods moved, the ground rumbled, and the trees around her turned white."

Gallery open 10am to 6pm Friday

10am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday

Jun 18

Merrion Square Artists on Bloomsday

  • Merrion Square

Merrion Square Open-Air Art Gallery is held every Sunday on the external railings of the beautiful Georgian Square in Dublin's city centre. Founded in 1985, this weekly exhibition is organised by Dublin City Council and provides a colourful pleasant opportunity for visitors to not only view and purchase paintings but also to meet with the artists and learn about their work. The artists have decided to join in the celebrations of Bloomsday 2017 with specially painted themed canvasses at a very special price of under €100. Open 16th to 18th of June 10 am to 5pm, there will be art demonstrations and blooming good humour – do come and join in the fun!

10:00 am10:00

Bloomsday at Glasnevin Cemetery

  • Glasnevin Cemetery Museum

On 16 June, 1904 Glasnevin Cemetery was the venue for the funeral of the fictional Paddy Dignam, attended by Joyce’s protagonist Leopold Bloom in Ulysses. This is just one of the cemetery’s many links to Joyce's life and writing, from authors who inspired him, to the final resting place of his parents. For Bloomsday 2017 Glasnevin Cemetery Museum will be hosting a full programme of events throughout the day, with a special Joycean breakfast and lunch in Glasnevin Cemetery Museum's Tower Café, re-enactments and readings from the ‘Hades’ episode of Ulysses, and a Joycean walking tour of Glasnevin that will explore the life, times and imagination of this greatest of Irish writers (booking essential). Visitors in Joycean costume are especially welcome.

11:00 am11:00

Blomosday at Sweny's Chemist

  • Sweny's Pharmacy

"Sweny's in Lincoln place. Chemists rarely move. …"

Sweny’s pharmacy is famously featured in the fifth episode of Joyce’s Ulysses, known as the 'Lotus Eaters' episode. The delightful little shop has survived for all these years and today still has all its original fittings and fixtures. Now run by volunteers, Sweny's opens its doors to welcome people on their Bloomsday adventure. Wait by the counter like Leopold Bloom, absorbing the authentic atmosphere. Watch the chemist at work with his herbs and ointments amongst all his alabaster lilypots. Pick up a bar of lemon soap that you can carry with you all day, just like Poldy. Get involved in a reading from Ulysses, enjoy a cup of tea and share epic tales about your own life. You might even get the chance to join in an Edwardian singsong! There will be merriment in this hidden Joycean gem throughout the day and into the evening, so just come along whenever you like!

12:00 pm12:00

Bloomsday at the Bailey

  • The Bailey Pub

The original Dublin Bloomsday in 1954 was organised by a rag-tag group of artists and intellectuals including Patrick Kavanagh, Flann O’Brien, Anthony Cronin and John Ryan, owner of the Bailey pub. The party spent the morning at the Martello Tower in Sandycove before making their way back to the Bailey, where they reportedly spent the rest of the evening - a tradition that continues to this day! The Bailey will be giving out free Bloomsday boater hats on the day (subject to availability), serving up delicious Joycean dishes and offering a very special James Joyce Cocktail at the bar. There will also be readings from Ulysses on the hour from 1pm - 4pm, each lasting around 15 minutes.

1:00 pm13:00

Joyce at the Opera

  • National Library of Ireland

This concert features a selection of music central to Joyce’s life and writings. Trieste-based artists Ilaria Zanetti (soprano), Riccardo Rados (tenor), and Alessandra Sagelli Caoduro (piano), will be joined by Irish singers Simon Morgan (baritone) and Noel O'Grady (tenor). Introductions illustrating the importance of the arias within Joyce’s work will be given by Professor John McCourt (University of Macerata). 13 pieces will be performed, with an emphasis on the lyric opera so loved by Joyce as well as some popular melodies and music-hall songs. Songs by composer Antonio Smareglia, (a friend of Joyce in Trieste, best known for Le Nozze Istriane), and rarely heard Italian versions of arias from Balfe’s The Bohemian Girl, which Balfe conducted in Trieste in 1854, will also be performed.

Organised by the Italian Institute of Culture in collaboration with the National Library Ireland, ‘Associazione Triestina Amici della Lirica G. Viozzi’ and the Trieste Joyce School (University of Trieste).

1:05 pm13:05

Bloomsday - A Celebration in Song and Prose of James Joyce's Ulysses

  • National Concert Hall

Bloomsday is a joyous celebration of arguably the greatest novel in the English language. An accomplished musician himself, the works of Joyce are musical landscapes, laden with references to songs and operatic works of the day. Accompanied by the outstanding Kent-born pianist, David Wray, Dublin-born soprano Sandra Oman will perform such vocal delights as ‘Love's Old Sweet Song’, ‘I Dreamt I Dwellt in Marble Halls’, ‘Silent, O Moyle’, ‘The Lass of Aughrim’ and many more. Star of stage and screen Michael Grennell (Game of Thrones, The Tudors, Ballykissangel) will preside as James Joyce himself, reading extracts from Ulysses and giving the audience a flavour of Dublin in 1904. This is a concert for lovers of Bloomsday, Joyce or simply beautiful songs of yesteryear!

Cost: €16/€14

Jun 17

The Dubliners Dilemma

  • Smock Alley Theatre

From Oslo to Mayo to Moscow, Declan Gorman's evocation of James Joyce's Dubliners has enthralled audiences and critics nationally and internationally since its previous Bloomsday Dublin showing in 2014. Back now for 5 performances over the festival weekend, this is an unmissable slice of Dublin and Joyce's world by one of Ireland's outstanding theatre makers.

It begins in London shortly before WW1, in the basement workroom of publisher Grant Richards. Richards previously rejected Dubliners out of worry it might breach strict obscenity laws. Now he re-reads the manuscript and recalls his uncomfortable correspondence with the truculent young genius. Should he reconsider and publish now? In all their magical glory, the stories of Dublin come to vivid life around him.

“Gorman holds the audience enraptured... a truly mesmerising performance” Metro Herald. “Ingenious” Mail on Sunday.

“A compelling performer… animated and intelligent.” Irish Theatre Magazine.

Presented by Co-Motion Media. Directed by Gerard Lee.

Friday 16 June: 1.30pm, 6pm and 8pm

Saturday 17 June: 3pm and 8pm

Cost: €15/€12

6:00 pm18:00

A Play on Ulysses: Bloomsday in Blackrock

  • Blackrock Stone Cross

A Play on Ulysses is a dramatised adaptation of Ulysses compressed into 75 action filled minutes. Eighteen professional actors, musicians and dancers, combine to provide an entertaining, comic, poignant, enlightening insight into James Joyce's labyrinthine book. Blackrock Bloomsday 2016 attracted an audience of over 300 so come early and get a seat: the pre-play ambience, created by local musicians and traders offering local cuisine, facilitates an encounter between the Ulysses characters and the characters in the audience.

Iris Park and Nastaise Leddy collaborate to adapt, direct and produce A Play on Ulysses: with their vast experience of adaptation, directing, writing and production for stage, radio, film and television, the 'on-street' element of this event brings an extra layer of theatricality straight to the heart of Blackrock.

This event is supported by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, the Blackrock Business Network, and the retailers and community of Blackrock.

6:00 pm18:00

Best-Loved Joyce Book Launch

  • AIB Bank, Rathgar

O’Brien Press are delighted to welcome you to celebrate the publication of their latest book Best-Loved Joyce this Bloomsday in AIB Bank, Rathgar.

Best-Loved Joyce is an accessible introduction to Joyce’s writings, featuring short, entertaining quotes from his major works, his poetry, his letters, and some family anecdotes handed down through the Joyce family. Compiled together in this beautiful volume, these quotations display the breadth of the writer’s wit and wisdom on truth, love, family, art, literature, music, living, religion, mortality, history, politics, and Ireland. Guests on the evening will include the book’s editor Jamie O’Connell and Joyce’s grand-nephew Bob Joyce, who provided the introduction. Refreshments will also be served on the night.

Places at this event are free but limited. RSVP: geraldine@obrien.ie / 01 4923333 by 5th June to secure your place.

Jun 25

There's a Touch of the Artist About Old Bloom

  • Olivier Cornet Gallery

"From day to day, their molecules shuttled to and fro, so does the artist weave and unweave his image"

Ulysses, James Joyce.

Ulysses is about the relationship between individuals and the city they inhabit, it deals with memory and meaning, the mundane and the fantastical. The aim of the exhibition is to create a dialogue around these ideas through the personal visions of the artists involved.

‘There's a Touch of the Artist About Old Bloom’ is a visual response to Ulysses through sketching on location in the Parnell Square Cultural Quarter of Dublin. Curated by the Olivier Cornet Gallery, Jessica Peel-Yates and Marie-Hélène Brohan Delhaye, this four day live sketching event will explore the fabric of the James Joyce’s Dublin, real or imagined. Participating artists are drawn from a number of disciplines (fine art, illustration, architecture, animation, fashion and graphic design) where drawing and sketching are an important aspect of their work; either as an end in itself, as a way to develop ideas, or as part of their creative process.

The exhibition opens at 7:00 pm on Bloomsday 16 June at Olivier Cornet Gallery, 3 Great Denmark Street. It will run until 25th June with further evening events at the Gallery during the week.

10:30 pm22:30

Bloomsday Walk with Pat Liddy's Walking Tours (10:30AM & 2:30PM)

  • Outside the Gate Theatre, Cavendish Row (off the top-end of O’Connell Street)

This tour is ideal for those interested in a first introduction to James Joyce and will celebrate the life of the iconic Irish writer with a walk through the streets of the city he immortalized in his ground-breaking novel, Ulysses. The route will partly follow the book’s main character, Leopold Bloom and his famous wanderings through the streets of Dublin on 16 June 1904. Dublin has changed enormously since then but we will still encounter many of Bloom’s intriguing stops or indeed places associated with Joyce himself along the way. Our final destination will be same as that of Bloom himself, who eventually paused for lunch of a Gorgonzola cheese sandwich and a glass of Burgundy wine at the renowned Davy Byrne’s.

Tours at 10:30am and 2:30pm on Friday 16 June.

Cost: €12/€10